The Mayoral Debate Was Civil, But There Were Still Some Fireworks

It was a sequence of escalating assaults over ethics, corruption and trash assortment.

About midway by means of the controversy, Maya Wiley, a former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, was requested by a moderator about her function within the “agents of the city” controversy, when she argued unsuccessfully in 2016 that Mr. de Blasio’s emails with exterior advisers must be personal.

Ms. Wiley stated that she had carried out the function of a lawyer advising her consumer however that her consumer, Mr. de Blasio, made his personal selections. Then, she vowed, as she has earlier than, that her administration can be extra clear than her former boss’s.

Scott M. Stringer, town comptroller, pounced, saying that Ms. Wiley had been concerned in overlaying up corruption in Mr. de Blasio’s administration and shielding data from public view.

“The redaction and the cover-up was probably worse than the potential crime,” he stated.

Ms. Wiley sought to deflect the criticism by accusing Mr. Stringer of corruption, criticizing him for releasing an audit this week focusing on the emergency meals program established by Kathryn Garcia.

Mr. Stringer and his workplace have stated that their audit started final July, a declare he repeated tonight. He didn’t clarify why his report was not launched till two weeks earlier than the first, at a time when Ms. Garcia’s marketing campaign has gained steam and Mr. Stringer’s has stumbled.

That introduced Ms. Garcia, who had largely stayed out of the sparring in earlier debates, into the fray.

“If you started the audit in July and you just released it now,” she scoffed, “there’s no politics involved?”

The dialogue of audits prompted the controversy moderators to ask Ms. Garcia about her document as sanitation commissioner, which has come beneath rising scrutiny as she has emerged as a number one contender.

When requested a few state report that discovered that the sanitation division had not stored metropolis avenue’s constantly clear, she dismissed it.

“As I have said consistently, the Department of Sanitation has made the city cleaner under my watch,” Ms. Garcia stated.